What is Cellulite?

Between 80 and 90 percent of women will probably experience cellulite.

Cellulite is a condition in which the skin has a dimpled, lumpy appearance.
It usually affects the buttocks and thighs but can also occur in other areas. Cellulite occurs when fat deposits push through the connective tissue beneath the skin.

Cellulite is also known as orange-peel skin, due to its texture.

Grades of cellulite

Grade 1, or mild: There is an “orange-peel” appearance, with between 1 and 4 superficial depressions, and a slightly “draped” or sagging appearance to the skin.

Grade 2, or moderate: There are between five and nine medium-depth depressions, a “cottage cheese” appearance, and the skin appears moderately draped.

Grade 3, or severe: There is a “mattress” appearance, with 10 or more deep depressions, and the skin is severely draped.


The exact cause of cellulite is unknown, but it appears to result from an interaction between the connective tissue in the dermatological layer that lies below the surface of the skin, and the layer of fat that is just below it.

Some other factors appear to be linked to the chance of having cellulite.

Hormonal factors and age

Hormones likely play an important role in cellulite development. Estrogen, insulin, noradrenaline, thyroid hormones, and prolactin are part of the cellulite production process.

One theory is that as estrogen in women decreases in the approach to menopause, blood flow to the connective tissue under the skin also decreases.

Lower circulation means less oxygen in the area, resulting in lower collagen production. Fat cells also enlarge as estrogen levels fall.

Age also causes the skin to becomes less elastic, thinner, and more likely to sag. This increases the chance of cellulite developing.

Genetic factors

Certain genes are required for cellulite development. Genetic factors can be linked to a person’s speed of metabolism, distribution of fat under the skin, ethnicity, and circulatory levels. These can affect the chance of cellulite developing.

Dietary and lifestyle factors

Cellulite is not caused by “toxins,” although a healthy lifestyle may help reduce the risk.

Treatments available:


Deep tissue radiofrequency is the strongest and most effective radiofrequency technology for skin tightening. It is also the most comfortable treatment. Radiofrequency is introduced into the skin by an applicator that produces heat in the inner layer. Heating affects the superficial and deep skin tissues, causing immediate collagen tightening. Radiofrequency creates a concentration of the body’s collagen fibres and encourages the quicker regeneration of the collagen and elastin that we are losing at all times. This results in a firmer, tighter skin. The America Food and Drug Administration has approved radiofrequency for reduction in the appearance of cellulite. Individual results vary.

High Intensive Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)

One of the world’s best cellulite treatment methods, HIFU is a non-laser and non-light based aesthetic device. It helps stimulate new collagen growth in the dermis and fat layer. It has been found to work best for skin tightening and anti-cellulite treatment. Although this procedure is not painless, it is bearable. During the procedure, there is a sensation of a dull tingle. Following the procedure, the skin will colour, or glow, and there will be a slightly irritated feeling for a few hours. This works by stimulating the collagen in the dermis and by breaking down fibres in deep fat tissue. The American Food and Drug Administration has cleared HIFU for use as a noninvasive waist circumference reduction procedure. Individual results vary.


– Permanent reduction in the appearance of cellulite
– Smoother skin
– Reinvigorated production of collagen

Non Surgical

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